Inevitably, we don't have the space to include the entire questionnaire here, but as an example of the format, let's look now at the questionnaire items which relate to the guiding questions on admission criteria, namely items 4, 5(a), (b) and (c), 6, 7, 8 and 9.
All ready now for the distribution of the questionnaire? Not quite. All research instruments need to be piloted, no matter how small the investigation. We may think our questionnaires, interview or observation schedules are just perfect but our respondents might have other ideas. What is perfectly clear to us may not convey the meaning intended to others. Gilbert piloted his questionnaire by distributing 40 drafts to students, senior nursing colleagues and non-nursing colleagues. He found their comments helpful. They pointed out that the meaning of some questions was not clear. Some spotted redundancy in one or two questions and one was asking for two things. He took note of what was said, adjusted wording and format where necessary and eliminated a few items altogether. The original 87 items were finally reduced to 76 – still a sizeable number, but the pilot respondents had little difficulty